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Budget: What we spend and how we spend it

The budget includes the allocation of financial resources to different services and projects, proposed provisions and reserves, the Council tax base, setting the Council tax and decisions relating to the Council’s borrowing requirement, the control of its capital expenditure and the setting of virement limits.

Budget Consultation

We have successfully achieved/identified £9.2m in transformational savings since 2010/11 and now have a solid financial base in order to set our 2019/20 budget.

The 2019/20 budget consultation period is now closed.

How are we going to save money?

We are committed to protecting front-line services, such as waste and street cleaning, and especially to our most vulnerable residents, but we have to take some tough decisions about our services and future spending.

We are determined to protect important services by doing things differently, such as:

  • Working in partnership with other councils or organisations;
  • Buying in services (where it makes good financial sense);
  • Looking at transferring services to alternative providers and to community groups, if appropriate;
  • Focusing on raising more income from our own assets; and
  • Making our services even more efficient.

We welcome your views and suggestions as to how we can meet these financial challenges.

How can I have my say?

Let us know what you think of the proposals set out in the budget. This is set out in two documents available below:

A summary of the Executive’s Budget proposals

The complete version the Executive’s Budget proposals

Where do we get our money from?

We collect £7.142million from Council Tax which is only 12% of the overall Council Tax bill you pay or, for 2018/19, £3.98 per household per week for a Band D property.

We collect the remainder of your Council Tax bill on behalf of Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and Parish Councils.


Where does my money go? 

Your £3.98 per household (Band D) per week is spent in the following areas:

Where does the money go

You can contact us in the following ways, noting that the consultation for 2019/20 will end on 14th January 2019.

By post to: The Chief Executive, Civic Centre, Carlisle, CA3 8QG or by email to [email protected] by 9am on 14th January 2019.

Additional Budget Reports

Executive 12 November 2018

These documents are available by following the link to the Executive meeting on 12 November, (2019-20 Budget Reports).

 Click here to view documents of our Committee Meetings website

  • RD22/18 – Budget Update Revenue Estimates 2019/20 to 2023/24
  • RD23/18 – Revised Capital Programme 2018/19 and Provisional Capital Programme 2019/20 to 2023/24

    Review of Charges 2019/20

  • CS31/18 Review of Charges 2019/20 Community Services
  • ED37/18 Economic Development Charges Review 2019/20
  • GD72/18 Charges Review Report 2019/20 Governance and Regulatory Services
  • GD87/18 Review of Charges 2019/20 Licensing

Executive 10 December 2018

These documents are available by following the link to the Executive meeting on 10 December.

Click here to view documents on our Committee Meetings website

  • RD29/18 Budget Update Revenue Estimates 2019/20 to 2023/24
  • RD30/18 Revised Capital Programme 2018/19 and Provisional Capital Programme 2019/20 to 2023/24
  • RD31/18 Treasury Management Strategy Statement, Investment Strategy & Minimum Revenue Provision Strategy 2019/20

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